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Month: August 2016

How nostalgic is it getting a new passport?

My old faithful passport. With me since 2007 and a bit battered, but now officially and deliberately damaged to render it unusable. Bali Hi! Mickaeli and I are heading to Bali in September. Like the time you thought it was a good idea to wear shoes without sox and it just became smelly and uncomfortable, this has been a quick, recent decision, with the unforeseen complication of needing a new passport. On the other hand, I don’t think the Four Seasons at Sayan will be smelly or uncomfortable. My old passport would have run out at the beginning of February...

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Qantas Holidays honours its online Four Seasons Bali pricing mistake deal – possibly at its own cost

This saga started on a whim just over a month ago when my partner Mikaeli came home after a long hard workday on a rainy cold winter evening in Sydney and said ‘We have to escape this winter’. This was only a couple of days after a firm but polite conversation about budgets and discretionary spending. Naturally, my interest was peaked, never being one to resist the opportunity to catch a plane and escape to a nice hotel somewhere warm. Our original plan was to squander our remaining points (the ones that hadn’t already been foolishly spent on a...

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Vietnam Airlines London to Ho Chi Minh City, for some R ‘n R, and an urban break

Vietnam Airlines VN50  London Heathrow (LHR) – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (SGN) Monday, January 02, 2016  Depart: 12:00 noon Arrive: 06:25am (03 January 2016) Aircraft: Boeing 787-9  Seat: 3D (Business Class) After our frantic four week visit to London, Cornwall and Tromsø in Norway, we thought we deserved a break so booked 5 nights in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on our return to Sydney.We would be back on a 787-9 for this flight, our second experience of the Vietnam Airlines product. Our flight departure time was changed almost without us noticing it, so instead of a 2:45pm departure, we were...

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Flight Review: Qantas A330-300 International Business Suite, Sydney to Jakarta – a hard and soft product improvement.

A new addition to the team here at 2PAXfly: Mark – contributes his first flight review. Mark loves to fly, and prefers a seat towards the front if possible. Here he details his very recent trip On Qantas to Jakata, Indonesia. Mark is off to the USA later this year, and I hope he will contribute a report on that trip too. Qantas Airlines QF41  Sydney (SYD) – Jakarta (CGK) Saturday, July 23, 2016  Depart: 13:50  Arrive: 18:00  Duration: 7h   Aircraft: Qantas A330-300  Seat: 4A Last week I had my first experience of flying the newish Qantas A330-300 International Business...

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I have to escape Sydney Winter – Hello Bali!

Hoping this will be our view in September. Four Seasons at Sayan, Bali. Photo © and courtesy Four Seasons I love a last minute travel decision – well a month out is about as last minute as I get. We’re off to Bali, thanks to a fantastic deal from Qantas Holidays, staying at the Four Seasons at Sayan in Bali. There is a back story to this quick decision and incredible deal, which I will detail soon. 7 nights of flop and drop coming up in...

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